Packaging guidelines related to .desktop files
mrosewarne at inoutbox.com
Mon Mar 31 12:55:18 PDT 2008
On Thursday 20 March 2008, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
> Can other distributions post their own guidelines and policies so that
> we can look at consolidating the common parts?
Before FreeDesktop, Portland, and desktop-entry-spec, Debian ran into problems
with handling the various menus used by the many WM's, desktops, etc. The
solution they came up with would ultimately become the "Debian Menu System".
Packages for applications would install a file containing a list of menu
entries with some basic metadata into /usr/share/menu/. Packages for WMs and
such would install a menu-generation script into /etc/menu-methods.
The "update-menus" command would use the menu-methods scripts to generate
each type of menu from the files in /usr/share/menu/. This solved the
problem of different WMs, such as fluxbox or FVWM, each using its own
incompatible menu system.
At some point the "menu-xdg" package was created, which contained
an /etc/menu-methods generator script for the FreeDesktop
menu-spec, desktop-entry-spec, and basedir-spec.
Debian Menu System documentation:
Debian Menu System developer page:
The Debian Menu sub-policy:
Information about the "menu" package:
Information about the "menu-xdg" package:
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